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both directions, and you can balance it, so that is something that gives us -- again, we do not get up in the morning and say we're going to have tens switchbacks. this is a technique to make adjustments to serve us. chair nolan: anyone else? director? director: i understand the idea of the advance notice vacation, so why do we not have what we talked about? supervisor chu, somebody going out into the deep avenues, the train switches back before it gets there, and that person may be dropped out outside, in the weather, in the dark, or both, and in my understanding this correctly that what you are rededicating this -- in a am i understanding this correctly?
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-- and in my understanding this? -- and am i understanding this? >> -- director haley: we only turned back at certain locations for two reasons. one, you need a physical planned switch. both to minimize the impact on riders and also to get the benefit of making the adjustment in the other direction. we have looked at, and i went over it fairly quickly, for which i apologize, but the switchbacks occur by time of day, and we are making these switchbacks in moseley midday and in lady after 7:00 that night, after the rush hour. we do that and then because the head weights or waiting times are longer, -- the head waits or
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waiting times are longer. the short answer is, yes, in some cases. if we can make that announcement that the train will be short turning, that will go to the end of the line. that is my point. however, -- director: if we can address it would notice so people are not waiting in the dark or the rain or both, that seems to be a good perspective, both for supervisor chu and others. having some sort of system in that to to the situation, it gives enough advance warning to avoid the safety and bad weather situations, and perhaps announcing it in more than one
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language would be the best situation. i understand the switchbacks. director haley: excellent point. chair nolan: anyone else? ok, thank you, and mr.haley. director ford: just a quick note, you should of received a notice last week. this is the deputy is a director for the agency. there is an individual filling behind carter in terms of capital construction, management, and programming, and why did you not just stand up so the board can recognize and you are? sheila of responsibility for the capital projects and programming at the agency. and you all know carter rohan.
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>> i want to say something about her, because the program was it successful because of her. i think it puts in place something that was a strength behind the scenes, and i think you have got a strong leader in her. chair nolan: thank you, mr. rohan. director ford: that concludes my report. secretary boomer: you have one
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speaker. >> yes, i have concerns about the turnaround because i do not take those lines, but i have been turned around midday, and it has really inconvenienced me, because i was on my way to a meeting, and i think one of the ways to do this is to get more coaches. now, the curse of newsom is gone. you do not have to take orders from room 200 anymore. i think this would be the best way of doing it. you have to operate within your budgetary restraints. you should not be taking orders
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from rome to a hundred. and i think more coaches are desperately needed right now. and there are not enough resources. that includes drivers and coaches. chair nolan: next item? secretary boomer: there is no one else and has indicated wanting to address your under the executive director's report. with the on to item number eight, this is the citizens' advisory council report. chair nolan: good afternoon. >> good afternoon, mr. chairman. i am the chairman of the citizens' advisory can counsel. -- advisory council. i welcome to director -- our welcome to director bridges, in
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an extension of an invitation to come to one of our meetings. our members would love to meet you, so i just want to issue a welcome and a positive tenure on the tm -- mta board and to let you know that you are welcome at our meetings any time. we would love to meet you. i also want to congratulate chairman nolan and vice chair lee on their reelection. i just want to extend my public thanks to one of our colleagues who is leaving, ruth, who is leaving because she will be spending more time outside of the city now. she has been a valued colleague for a number of years on the cac, and we will miss having her
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there. before i get to a recommendations, with our discussion about switchbacks, one of the concerns that a lot of cac members have said, while they are periodically service necessity, switchbacks, there has been a lot of concerns about accuracy, so people know if they're getting on a short turn vehicle and people also unfamiliar with the city, whether they are getting on one in the direction it is going. so i just wanted to get a handle on that issue. the first recommendation have before you is a recommendation to reduce travel time in the system.
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the ones that we are recommending include spot improvements to fix bottlenecks, to review the rail system practices, and moving towards proof of payment. on that last one, they added a caveat, which is why we think the system should move towards systemwide proof of payment, this has to be done in conjunction with improving the reliability of the clipper system. our c.a.c. system have seen far many readers are a service, and there needs to be improvement in that before we get to where we need to be on proof of payment.
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so that was that recommendation. and given the increasing demands and the limits on throughput in the subway tunnel on markas street, and this would provide greater cars to the rest of the lines. it would freeze-up this for increased service on the other lines. it would provide church writers alternate destinations -- provide church riders all to destinations. particularly as speeds on market street in prove, as there are
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more and more restrictions on traffic on market street. we think this is something worth looking at. when bus operations are relocated from kirkland, that has an effect on streetcars. when we give up facilities in the city, there is really no way to get them back. nobody is going to allow you to build a new muni yard in their neighborhood, so we think the agency should be very careful about giving up that type of operating space, this gets
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around some of the concerns about noise and air pollution for diesel buses being used on that yard. it is a type of use that we think will be compatible with that yard in that neighborhood, and we think about mta should be very reluctant to give up that operating yard space. the mileage is would be significantly reduced.
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we also have a recommendation about calls to 311 -- the marriages -- mileages would be significantly reduced. specific addresses of city run areas not be asked of callers when the facility can be identified by the intersection alone. as an example of this, i would say, for example, there is a city run parking lot across the street from where i live. it is the only city one parking lot there. if you say the seventh and irving parking lot, there is not some other one that would be confused, but sometimes, calls are refused by people who answer them at dpt because you do not have a specific street address. well, you know, a garage does not have a visible public street
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address, and we think when it intersection will suffice, they should be willing to take that. there are too many cases that we hear about and too many cases that we have personally experienced where calls or declined because there is not a specific address given. sometimes, ace this address is necessary, like a car blocking a private garage, and sometimes, it is not -- sometimes, this address is necessary. and the description of an illegally parked the vehicle. -- parked vehicle. it is the agency's policy where there is an illegally parked vehicles reported, all of the
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illegally parked vehicles be ticketed, and that policy exists to prevent dpt from becoming a pawn in some kind of war between neighbors. that is a good policy, and we think because of that, there is no particular need to require that information of callers. it is one thing to us the information as something that is nice and helpful to have, but just asking someone should not be contingent on having information that is part of the successful completion of the call. another recommendation we have is about valet parking. sometimes, when valet parking services illegally parked the vehicle, the ticketing goes to the owner of the vehicle, and we think that we should work with the police department to make an effort to fine the valet
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service. when they turn the car over to the valet service, they really have no idea what the ballet is going to do to that car, so we want to make sure that valet parking services are following the law, as well, and this would incentivize them from doing that. it would put the responsibility where it belongs. we also encourage the sfmta to go to the staffing level of 2008, with the additional staffing level to be with parking enforcement. this is something that we see a pressing need in neighborhoods, parking enforcement. we still see too much sidewalk parking in neighborhoods. we think that assigning them to parking enforcement would make sure that they are self funding and would also make sure that
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they're actually in force, the parking rules. the last thing i want to mention has to deal with item 13, which was pulled from your agenda today. director brinkman mentioned to bringing it back. our understanding at the c.a.c > . is that this was not an open policy issue once this was adopted. if this is an open-policy issue, i would think that i will ask me -- the c.a.c. and see if they want to take a stand on it, but it is my understanding we thought it was part of the budget, and when we approved the budget, this was part of that, so i just wanted to make that point. if you have any questions about our recommendations or anything else, would be happy to answer them. chair nolan: think you, as
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always, mr. murphy. we appreciate your thoughtful work -- thank you. secretary boomer: this is no the opportunity for public to make comment on items that are not on today's calendar. we have john and dave. chair nolan: this is how you spend your retirement days? >> we are citizens now. great to see everyone on on mta board. it is good to be able to visit with you. i want to thank you for your diligence service. i certainly came to welcome director leona bridges. i think she will bring another set of skills to the work before
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us. i do want to take a moment and say that i would welcome, if the directors could do this, to bring forward before the mta board, the issue of citizens' safety. we have a new safety director, who has been with this agency, i believe, six or seven months. to my knowledge, there has not been a safety presentation, and i do want to underscore that in 2009, there were a number of issues that came before the board where we had hearings around safety, and jim doherty, who was the safety director at the time, responded ably about the accidents that took place in my district, in district 8, and i think it would be very worthwhile to look at some of the to-do's that jim outlined, combining safety and training andy pettitte -- and the rules.
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i really think it would be a worthwhile endeavor to of a comprehensive presentation and see where we're at, because there has been a lot of transition in leadership over the last seven or eight years, and i think it is important that we stick with that issue so that it does not crop up again, but i mostly want to say thank you and welcome. chair nolan: on the board of supervisors and the transportation authority, we could always count on your understanding what we were trying to do and being supportive, so we really appreciate your work, supervisor. secretary boomer: moving on, john and others. these are our first three people. under public comment. chair nolan: good afternoon.
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>> good afternoon. mr. ford, mr. beach. miss brinkman. or is it ms? director brinkman: ms. >> mr. heinicke. this is a nice city. a lot of nice things to see. the city seems to move smoothly here. a fun place to be. like having a moment of silence,
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which we are already having, for people to survive certain things. i just want to promote a culture of life, you know, where nobody deprives anybody of rights endowed by their creator. 43, that is george w. bush, and 35, i think that was jack fitzgerald kennedy, who later changed his name for john. stopped anybody who blocks rights.
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chair nolan: ok. thank you. next speaker, please. secretary boomer: [reading names] chair nolan: mr. schneider. good afternoon. >> good afternoon, members of the board. a good afternoon to the new member of the board, leona bridges, and good luck with your tenure here in relation to the public interest. the ramifications. about one year has passed since there was an attack on state street, and recently, on january
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7 at 3:00 in the morning, there was an incident, where the driver was punched out. i did not get the full results of this from talking to the officer at the police department, but the purpose of the petition that i will present to you today, although i did not get quite as many signatures as i wanted, i am a little lazy, will serve as a comprehensive omnibus scheme for the protection of the safety and well-being of cabdrivers and so forth. why today? it has been about a year, and there is some movement, as the deputy director indicated, that
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some of this might be done technology wise, but what i am asking is that the sfmta and the deputy director schedule a meeting for all drivers. we used to have this every year. the board could give us some direction and the deputy director, and i will present the petition. i only worked a couple of hours on it, so there are not too many signatures. secretary boomer: [reading names] chair nolan: good afternoon. >> good afternoon, board members. i am -- i want to suggest to you an alternative to increasing
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the distance between bus stops. i know director ford is concerned about making sure things are even for people, but i believe that the senior and disabled population is getting skewed on the other side of the ballots, and if you make the distribution difference greater to walk and to try to get to, it is going to be a problem, but your most salable item is your express bus. i took the express bus for many years, and you cannot out to drive an express bus and i know that there is always this thing about the cost so much. if you only run them for one hour, one and a half hours in the morning and one in half hours at night, then they are going to cost, but if he ran one all day, if you ran one every hour, and i think about this as a long to of something like this available, if you ran one -- and
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i longed to have something like this available, to get an idea about where the stops should be, and lease it would be once an hour. i want to encourage you to look at this further. if you took out one local input in one express that ran all day, but then you satisfied, you would satisfy, partially satisfy, those who live far away. many people say the same thing. i would like you to look at this. chair nolan: thank you. secretary boomer: [reading
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names] chair nolan: good afternoon, mr. toronto. >> good afternoon. barry toronto. i want to give a shot out to event -- to yvette. she got what i needed and a proper copies for me, so i want to thank her for her help. but also want to welcome the new board member, leona bridges. before you make any decisions, made you can take a few taxis and maybe even get reimbursed by the board so that you can learn about the tax issues and as the drivers about the questions, because, unfortunate, a lot of
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you only hear from the directors or the medallion holders, and there are a lot of riders. and on this other issue, i think it would be important that you could make a lot of money if he started tagging all of those cars at the hotels and other places. if you focus more attention on that during the day and evening hours, you could make a lot more money. also, the meager increase. i heard your words, chairman nolan. what happened to that? it is not scheduled yet? you are not increasing the meter. the process has changed. you have increased the cost of the card is so much, we now have to spend over one hour in order to get our card? what happened to do you guys? you have increased the cost of

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